Albert Einstein

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new”

The more you try and experience, the richer your life will be and yet so many people hold back from doing new things for fear of failure. Children learn by continually making mistakes and as Churchill said ““Success is going from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm”. You would not have been able to just jump on a bike and ride it the first time, you would have had many attempts and falls. Think of how you came to swim, read, or tie your shoes, it probably involved a lot of failed attempts and frustrations, but wasn’t it worth it? Many experiences are made in the process of such learning processes, it is not just about the end result. Yet as we get older we expect to just be good at things immediately. So often people put pressure on themselves to make all the correct decisions and turns and there is a real sense of finality having done this. Instead of trying not to make a mistake in life, avoiding making decisions and actions, find opportunities, try new things and know that you will probably make mistakes.

“Leap, and the net will appear” (John Burroughs) – if you are waiting for the conditions to be exactly right before doing something new, then you may be waiting forever. When trying something new, you have to jump and have faith that you will land safely. What mostly happens is once you take the leap and find yourself in a new situation/experience, possibilities and options arise that you could not have foreseen and that might not have presented themselves had you stayed safely on familiar soil. That is the danger of overthinking and overplanning decisions, as we cannot predict such things. Things often seem impossible until they are done and it can be useful to recall a time when you thought something was impossible at first and yet you managed to complete it.

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